Praveen A | 5 Jan 00:43 2008
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Emacs.net?

    "There are two kinds of emacs users: those who start up emacs in a
top-level window and use M-x shell to do shell work, and those who
live in tcsh/ksh/bash and crank up emacs -nw to take over their
console/terminal window.

    "I was always in the former camp, and I believe that's the design
point for Doug (Purdy)'s project.  If you look up and down our
hallway, all other remaining emacs users are in that former camp as
well."

Microsoft "Chief Modeling Officer" Don Box

Full story http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1069

It is interesting to see Microsoft now realising the power of many
tools which we take fro granted in Unix or GNU/Linux.

Shell - > Microsoft Power Shell
Glade -> Avalon (XML to describe UI)

and now Emacs?

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Praveen A | 5 Jan 21:53 2008
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Fwd: [ifsa] Great story on the Asus EEE PC

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>
Date: २००८ जनवरी ५ ११:०४
Subject: [ifsa] Great story on the Asus EEE PC
To: Digital Freedom Global Activists <independentfreesoftwareactivists
at binaryfreedom.info>

hi,

This is a really great story about how the Asus EEE PC is
commoditizing Microsoft's lunch.  Unfortunately, it appears that paid
Microsoft consultantsare already trying to bury it as "inaccurate",
but it's of course highly accurate.  This is a great opportunity to
help keep a good story afloat on digg.

 http://digg.com/linux_unix/The_Most_Hated_Company_In_the_PC_Industry

see ya

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Praveen A | 6 Jan 01:52 2008
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Aaron Seigo talking bluntly about KDE 4

It is not just about KDE, it is applicable to any Free Software
project and some points will help us when we here the same questions
asked.
http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/01/talking-bluntly.html

Cheers
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alpesh gajbe | 10 Jan 05:12 2008
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Press interview

A recent interview of FSF Chairman in enterpriser.in on Swatantra software.

http://www.enterpriser.in/India/Questions_n_Answers/Proprietary_Software_is_Evil/551-85170-442.html

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Unknown | 11 Jan 19:12 2008

The Origins of FSF India

The Origins of FSF India

C V Radhakrishnan started a one-man unit for typesetting documents,
and grew it into a company that now employs 150 people and is today
rated No.1 by Elsevier Science for typesetting their journals.
Radhakrishnan also played an important role in establishing FSF India,
and his firm, River Valley Technologies, uses only Free Software. V.
Sasi Kumar of the Centre for Earth Science Studies talked to him about
the journey with Free Software this far.

LFY: We understand that your company River Valley Technologies is
doing business using TeX. How did you happen to become acquainted with
TeX?

I started learning TeX to escape from the hardships of a motor neuron
disease that afflicted me when I was 25. I was working at the
Kariyavattom campus of the University of Kerala. In the evenings,
students used to come to me for help in preparing documents including
papers, theses and reports. It was at that time that Professor K.S.S.
Nambooripad of the Department of Mathematics came back from the United
States with a set of floppy disks containing TeX/LaTeX, which he
encouraged his students to learn about TeX. Prof Nambooripad also
encouraged me to learn the TeX language since it would fit well into
my scheme of things. A detailed account of this is provided at
http://www.tug.org/interviews/interview-files/river-valley.html

LFY: When was this?

This was in the late eighties.

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Raj Mathur | 11 Jan 19:38 2008

Re: The Origins of FSF India

On Friday 11 Jan 2008, Frederick Noronha [फ़रेदरिक नोरोनया] wrote:
> The Origins of FSF India
>
> C V Radhakrishnan started a one-man unit for typesetting documents,
> and grew it into a company that now employs 150 people and is today
> rated No.1 by Elsevier Science for typesetting their journals.
> Radhakrishnan also played an important role in establishing FSF
> India, and his firm, River Valley Technologies, uses only Free
> Software. V. Sasi Kumar of the Centre for Earth Science Studies
> talked to him about the journey with Free Software this far.
>[snip]

Great article, but are you quite sure River Valley Technologies only 
uses Free Software?  CVR only mentions not using proprietary OSs, 
nothing about proprietary software.

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Omshiva prakash | 13 Jan 22:04 2008
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Excellence is not an public measurement

This is an anecdote that was shared by a person who is my God father. A beautiful attitude in life. Read it. you will recognize why?

Here it is :

A gentleman was once visiting a temple under construction.
In the temple premises, he saw a sculptor making an idol of God.
Suddenly he saw, just a few meters away, another identical idol was lying.

Surprised he asked the sculptor, do you need two statutes of the same idol.
No said the sculptor. We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.

The gentleman examined the statue.
No apparent damage was visible.

Where the damage is? asked the gentleman.
There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.

Where are you going to keep the idol?
The sculptor replied that it will be installed on a pillar 20 feet high.

When the idol will be 20 feet away from the eyes of the beholder, who is going to know that there is scratch on the nose? The gentleman asked.

The sculptor looked at the gentleman, smiled and said, "The God knows it and I know it ".

The desire to excel should be exclusive of the fact whether someone appreciates it or not.

Excellence is a drive from Inside not Outside.

Cheers!!!!!!!!!


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Bala (TrouseredApe): this anecdote applies to the open source movement
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Vikram Vincent | 16 Jan 07:42 2008

Linuxchix Bangalore meeting

Hello,
LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software("free as in freedom"), and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.
The local chapter http://linuxchix.org.in will be having its Bangalore meeting on
Date:19th(Saturday) January, 2008
Time:15:00hrs
Venue: Christ College, Bangalore, Block 2, (one of the classrooms or kiosk or where ever comfortable)
This meeting is being co-organised by the Computer Science department of Christ College(Autonomous), Bangalore.
Please do attend.
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CK Raju, Thrissur | 18 Jan 04:56 2008
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FSF-I Ratna Award

Friends,
The person/group behind the move of providing all the Judges of India
with a Laptop pre-loaded with Free Software deserves a FSF-I Ratna
Award.

Do we have any idea as to the brainchild of this project ?
CK Raju
Praveen A | 19 Jan 01:48 2008
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[campaign] My Fair Copyright for Canada Principles

My Fair Copyright for Canada Principles
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2572/125/

With the continued interest in Canadian copyright reform - the Fair
Copyright for Canada Facebook group has grown to over 38,000 members
and the local chapters across the country are gaining significant
momentum - the most frequently asked question I receive is "what do
you think fair copyright reform looks like?"  In other words, we know
that tens of thousands of Canadians oppose a Canadian DMCA, but what
kind of reform would or should they support?

1) Take the Copyright Pledge.
2) Anti-circumvention provisions should be directly linked to
copyright infringement.
3) No ban on devices that can be used to circumvent a TPM.
4) Expand the fair dealing provision by establishing "flexible fair dealing."
5) Establish a legal safe harbour for Internet intermediaries
supported by a "notice and notice" takedown system.
6) Modernize the backup copy provision.
7) Rationalize the statutory damages provision.
8) Include actual distribution in the making available right.

Can we have a campaign similar to this in India?

Cheers
Praveen
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